Justin Cramb

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Baldwin Hall 265C

I am a doctoral candidate (ABD) working with Victor Thompson here at UGA. I specialize in the areas of Island and Coastal Archaeology, Historical Ecology, and the Cultures of the South Pacific. I have studied Oceanic Societies for over seven years, including as an undergraduate working with Dr. Carmen White at Central Michigan University. Since 2011, I have worked on archaeological field projects in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, and South Carolina as well as in Fiji, French Polynesia, and the Cook Islands.

Biological Anthropology Lab Complex

The Biological Anthropology Lab Complex at the University of Georgia is directed by Dr. Susan Tanner and Dr. Laurie Reitsema. The research objectives of the lab group focus on biological, nutritional, and biocultural anthropology, with a particular emphasis on the role of environment in shaping biological and biocultural outcomes. The lab complex consists of two labs, the Bioarchaeology and Biochemistry lab and the Health and Human Biology Lab, both housing many resources that are available to departmental faculty, graduate students, and collaborative scholars.

Cultural and Political Ecology (CAPE) Lab

Our lab is unified by interest in the human use and conservation of landscapes, and how those are related to cultural, historical, and political forces.  We are committed to multi-disciplinarity, with foci on cultural, ecological, geographical, and educational foundations.  As a result we practice mixed methods research, and our fieldwork methods include historical archival work, satellite image analysis, semi-structured interviews, vegetation assessments, socio-linguistic analysis, geographic information systems, and participant observation.

Institutions and Governance Lab

Our lab is unified by an interest in group-level decision-making with regard to land and environmental management, use and access. This includes formal "rules of the game" (social norms and rules, whether customary or statutory, de facto or de jure), as well as formal and informal processes through which land and resources are managed and governed. Interests span local to global scales of decision-making and governance, and diverse governance forms (state, market, community).

UGA Laboratory of Archaeology

Established in the fall of 1947, the Laboratory of Archaeology at the University of Georgia, is the largest archaeological research and collections facility in Georgia. Our mission includes preserving and curating qualified archaeological collections and records, facilitating research for professionals and training students in archaeology, and service to the state of Georgia.

Zooarchaeology Lab

The Zooarchaeology Laboratory specializes in the analysis of vertebrate remains from archaeological sites, but also works with invertebrate, paleontological, and ecological samples. The comparative collection numbers over 5,000 vertebrate and invertebrate specimens with an emphasis on animals from the southeastern United States, adjacent waters, and the Caribbean.

Melanie Narciso

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I am nutritionist by training. I earned my BS and MS Nutrition degrees at the University of the Philippines Los Baños and University of Wisconsin Stout.  Prior to doing my doctoral studies, I was as an assistant professor at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. I am an advocate of the use of culinary heritage as a platform of food and nutrition security.  My research has been mostly on Philippine food and consumption. The most recent one documents the traditional food system of indigenous groups in Ifugao – a globally important agricultural heritage site. 


Katharine Napora

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I am an environmental archaeologist whose research focuses on human-ecosystem interactions along both the European and North American coastlines of the Atlantic. I combine analyses of tree rings, shells and other faunal remains, and coastal palaeohydrology in order to better understand the localized manifestations of climate change episodes in the ancient past and how these shifts intersected with cultural trajectories.